There are limits to the population that our environment can sustain in the long run, particularly in view of our desire to achieve higher standards of living.
How about considering a situation of a garden area crowded with plants, not only will it fight for water and air, but also for sunlight.
The lost ones, end up dried.
There is widespread consensus that population stabilisation entails a holistic, comprehensive approach towards education and healthcare.
We need to invest in educating the girl child and improve her with respect to health and social status.
In a country where credible social safety nets are absent, it is children who form the wall to support their parents in old age.
This , coupled with high infant mortality rates compels families to have more children.
There has to be a concerted campaign to improve the health and educational status of the entire population in general.
It is necessary to integrate our population policy with our health and education policy as well as a social empowerment policy.
We have to pursue a more balanced policy of regional development so that adequate employment opportunities are made available in the more populated regions as well as the far-off ones.
The approach of focused attention on women and girls, a general enhancement of educational and health levels and balanced regional development must be the core of any population stabilisation strategy.
The health sector has addressed through a series of vertical, disease-based programmes.
The vertical and horizontal fragmentation of health programmes, coupled with a target driven approach to population stabilisation has distanced the entire gamut of health services from a common man .
Investing in human capabilities converts human liabilities into human assets.
Therefore, even as our population policy focuses on population stabilisation and also a must on skill profile of our country.